Word of the Day
|Definition:||(adjective) Generally incompetent and ineffectual.|
|Usage:||Much to his wife's dismay, Jim refused to call a professional, and continued his feckless attempts at repairing the plumbing in the house|
Idiom of the Day
Any action or plan one undertakes should be done carefully and pragmatically; attention to small details will ultimately yield the greatest results.
|The Hubble Space Telescope is the most sophisticated optical observatory ever placed into orbit around Earth, able to view star material some 10 to 12 billion light years away. Because it is above Earth's obscuring atmosphere, it can obtain images that are much brighter, clearer, and more detailed than ground-based telescope images. Although a defect in the primary mirror initially caused it to produce fuzzy images, a 1993 shuttle mission fixed this.|
|A spring festival in Paris, Tennessee, the World's Biggest Fish Fry makes use of the catfish in nearby Kentucky Lake. The fish fry began in 1954, and by the next year more than 1,600 pounds of catfish were served. Now, some 13,000 pounds of catfish are cooked, and about 100,000 people show up to eat, fish, and look around. Events include a car show, arts and crafts exhibits, a two-hour parade, and the coronation of a Queen of the Tennessee Valley and a Junior King and Queen. Besides fried fish to eat, there are hush puppies—small deep-fat fried corn meal balls.|
|Used to be you knew which city you were in from the food, the sports team, the historic sites, even the local brew. Now a team of microbiologists discovered they can tell cities apart by their unique bacterial fingerprints|
1800 - The Library of Congress was established with a $5,000 allocation.
1833 - A patent was granted for first soda fountain.
1897 - William Price became the first to be named White House news reporter.
1952 - Raymond Burr made his TV acting debut on the "Gruen Guild Playhouse" in an episode titled, "The Tiger."
1953 - Winston Churchill was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II.
1961 - Bob Dylan earned a $50 session fee for playing harmonica on Harry Belafonte's "Midnight Special." It was his recording debut.
If You Were Born Today, April 24
You are a determined person and you intuitively know that with patience, you can accomplish anything you set out to do. You easily earn respect from others around you, due in part to your regal manner. Your family is extremely important to you, and many of your values are quite traditional, which keeps you grounded and responsible. However, you are unafraid of embracing the new, even if you do so slowly. Famous people born today: Shirley MacLaine, Barbara Streisand, Kelly Clarkson.
Siproeta stelenes is a neotropical brush-footed butterfly in the family Nymphalidae found throughout Central and northern South America. Adults feed on flower nectar, rotting fruit, dead animals, and bat dung. This species is sometimes known as the malachite, named after a mineral which is similar in color to the bright green on the butterfly's wings.
Photograph by Dan Lublinski, National Geographic
A seaweed blenny—a small and usually bottom-dwelling fish recognizable by the branchlike cirri above its eyes—watches from the safety of its hiding spot. This underwater image was taken off the coast of Brazil and submitted by Dan Lublinski.
knit, MOTHER'S DAY
sea snail bath mat, a hand towel with sea stars,
and a sea urchin washcloth
crochet, MOTHER'S DAY
CHILDREN'S CORNER ... nature craft
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